Marina works in progress
PORT Douglas Marina managing director Russell McCart expects the northern wing to be demolished and ready to go by November.
The marina is in negotiations with the State Government over converting the land to freehold to enable a major redevelopment of the site.
Mr McCart said he remained confident the negotiations to determine the process for valuation and other issues involved in converting the site to freehold would be completed by the end of the year.
In the meantime, the marina would move for- ward with the demolition of the northern wing.
While the marina is yet to lodge an application for a demolition permit with Cairns Regional Council, Mr McCart said they were in the process of arranging the removal of underground fuel tanks.
“Our aim is to shift the fuel tanks out of the ground and then knock over the northern wing and have the area cleared in time for the solar eclipse in November,” he said.
“The boats will still be there and it will give people a clearer view of the marina.”
Mr McCart said the global uncertainty meant he could not commit to when construction may start on the marina redevelopment.
“We just have to monitor the market at the moment,” he said.
“We could all fall off the edge of the world for the price of a Greek souvlaki one day and then the global economy appears fine the next.
“It’s a matter of getting things ready so we can move on it at short notice.”